Lu Xun (Lu Hsün, 1881-1936) is considered the father of modern Chinese literature. Expressing an affinity with Nikolai Gogol, his works speak in the language of everyday China entering the Modern Age. "A Madman's Diary," with its nod to Gogol's tale of the same name, tells of one man’s struggles with outmoded traditions in the guise of cannibalism. Are his fears real or are they an expression of madness? Like Gogol in "The Cloak" and other tales, Xun approaches our dilemmas with irony and satire. The diarist is trapped in the past as he rushes towards the future. As with Gogol, Xun captures the struggles of individuals in a disinterested world.
Ironically, Lu Xun's works were revered by Chairman Mao. Although a leftist, Xun never joined the party. True to his wider vision, he left behind vivid views of humanity. He is ever insightful —even here in the 21st Century.
More stories will be added to this collection over the forthcoming months. We anticipare about 20 stories in all.